Lunchtime news Feb 13

  • Communities secretary Ruth Kelly is floating a new ‘right to own’ scheme today for social housing tenants [see ‘Two futures‘ below]. It’s trailed in several of this morning’s papers – go here and here.
  • The Lib Dems dismissed the idea as a case of ‘planet Whitehall’ missing the point while the Conservatives said government policies were kicking people off the housing ladder not helping them on to it.
  • December saw another record for mortgage lending and another record high for first-time buyers’ income multiples, according to new figures from the CML.

  • The Financial Times analyses the housing boom in Northern Ireland.
  • A report for London Councils says population mobility is costing them £100m a year
  • The DCLG website has details of when regulations affecting housing will come into force this year. They include measures on leasehold, house buying, rental deposits, student housing and HMOs.